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Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007, 03:31 pm

It is a sad day for Irish journalism when the metro publishes one of my letters but when someone last thursday made a crack along the lines of "Isn't it odd that we have an overweight minister for health" I did feel compelled to write:
"In response to Paul's comment in thursday's issue I'd like to say that it is a cheap shot to have a go at Mary Harney on the basis of her weight - something that does not in the slightest affect her ability to alienate and annoy nurses, make an increasing shambles of the health system or waste millions of euro on poorly thought out schemes. No, that has a lot more to do with being a dangerously incompetent buffoon with the interpersonal skills of a rattlesnake."

So if you were reading the metro and you were aroused by the practically swiftian level of wit on the right hand side of the letters page, you're welcome.
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Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)

Understandable, rarely do the letters pages contain the written equivalent of a bitchslap.

Mon, Jan. 29th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)

her ability to alienate and annoy nurses

Not to mention midwives. Well, no-one ever does :)
(Hey, fun fact. When student midwives/nurses are on their paid placement, they count as part of the normal staffing and hence count towards the cap on staffing. Fun, eh?)

Jolly nicely put though.

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)

Oh my. That was so funny that I spent at least a minute with my hands over my mouth breathing unevenly, trying desperately not to laugh out loud and slowly going purple. Good work.